§ Mr. Janner
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will list all cases of prosecutions brought since 1988 under the Malicious Communications Act; what was the nature of the offence in each case; and what was the outcome of those prosecutions.
§ Mr. John Patten
In England and Wales in 1988 there were three prosecutions under the Malicious Communications Act 1988. Of these, two were convicted; one fined and the other sentenced to immediate custody. Information is not collected centrally on the nature of the offence. Data for 1989 are not yet available.